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Added reply in a thread is more expensive stuff worth it ? 10/21/2020 6:20 PM

Me too. And my carbon bars. And Ti bolts.....

Added reply in a thread is more expensive stuff worth it ? 10/19/2020 2:55 PM

I thought I’d be able to “Manual” once I replaced my handle bar clamp bolts with Ti ones. No.

Added reply in a thread Bike Magazine Shut Down? 10/6/2020 5:15 AM

Printed magazines are on their way to extinction. Being resistant to change - I hate to watch it. (It blows my mind how fast things are changing. “Video” rental chain stores went from sponsoring Race car teams to “gone” in a few years in Australia. “News ... more »

Added reply in a thread New Rider Question 6/1/2020 7:03 AM

What about a lightweight ramp and roll your bike up it, into the truck bed? If awkward - a rope/strap through a ring bolt near the cab. One end attaches to the front of the bike, pull on the other end. Like a winch. Guiding the bike with your other hand. ... more »

Added reply in a thread New Rider Question 5/31/2020 3:04 PM

I’m also in that category: old washed up MX racer (Still race, well at least line up...) While MX gets more “difficult”, with less tracks and more rules, MTB is growing in my area. (And Australia generally) The council (local authorities) have actually ... more »

Added reply in a thread New Rider Question 5/29/2020 3:52 PM

No E bike experience. As a rule: Giants are “high spec” for the price. EG 2 Giants I have purchased came with Carbon rims at a price point that this feature was unique. (“Giant” branded - have proven to be perfect so far.) By using “Giant” branded things

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Added reply in a thread Santa Cruz reserve wheelset 5/22/2020 4:42 PM

1. I doubt I could feel 3mm difference. 2. My OCD would demand I got the 30mm

Added reply in a thread Low friction fork seals? 5/17/2020 6:52 PM

Hi, My understanding is: “Bushing resized” = “Fine tuning” of bushes. EG if bushing clearance is too little - the forks would be tight/restricted in movement. Clearance too much - “free play” and possible jamming. We are talking potentially no, or small ... more »

Added reply in a thread help with deciding bike 5/15/2020 5:45 PM

A “Magic” bike? There are compromises- “Uphill easily” - light, shorter travel. Electric?!? Hit some jumps/240lbs - stronger, more travel, bigger tires. Long distances on the road - Not knobbys! I’d get a Giant Trance 29er (Lifetime warrenty on frame). ... more »

Added reply in a thread Adding Internal Dropper Post 5/8/2020 7:04 PM

Being, er, “more experienced” (Old), I had ridden all my life with fixed seat position. A new bike came with a dropper. “Put it down for jumps/stunts” so I tried it a few times. Hated it - couldn’t feel the seat for “security”. Used the dropper - every ... more »

Added reply in a thread Random musing: Road vs. MTB frame prices 5/6/2020 3:06 PM

Slight drift - I can barely believe how fast MTBs are changing. My 2012 Trance (AM) has geometry closer to a 2017 Anthem (XC) (I bought a 2017 Trance) 2012 32mm forks 26” wheels 2017 34mm forks 27.5” wheels 2020 36mm forks 29” wheels (Reign - “Enduro”) ... more »

Added reply in a thread Random musing: Road vs. MTB frame prices 5/5/2020 3:38 PM

I think this is the crux of the subject. A rigid MTB and a road bike should be about the same price, for same “quality”. Virtually every MTB has suspension forks, and many have sophisticated rear suspension, so they logically should be more expensive. ... more »

Added reply in a thread Random musing: Road vs. MTB frame prices 5/4/2020 8:39 PM

One factor seems to be: “levels” In MTB, often the “Top Level” might be allegedly superior “lay up/technique”. EG Santa Cruz “Carbon C” v Carbon CC” (Probably still made in Taiwan or China.) Roadies often have another “level” again - EG “Made in Italy” ... more »

Added reply in a thread Getting back into the game 4/30/2020 7:44 PM

My 2c. In that price range, I’d consider a Hardtail. You get a better bike, with less mtce. Things to ensure that the bike is “current”. No front derailleur Hydraulic disc brakes (Pref “name brand” - but I’ve found upgrading to Shimano “XT” 2 pistons ... more »

Added reply in a thread $2500 FS Options 4/27/2020 5:05 PM

I have 2 Giant Trances (2012, 2017) Both have been great bikes - they are the higher priced Carbon versions. I have no affiliation with Giant - I was on the verge of buying a Canyon Strive, but decided to buy a new Giant Reign. This was partially based ... more »

Added a comment to doomage's bike check 4/24/2020 7:31 PM
GIANT Reign 29 2

I’m 174cm, running a M frame, my 3rd Medium Giant. (2012 Trance, 2017 Trance)
Due the steep seat, I find the cockpit feels “short”. The “reach” is listed as longer than the 2017 Trance, but with a (shorter than stock) 50mm stem on the ‘17 Trance it is Still approx 20mm longer (sit bones - handlebars) than the 2020 Reign.

I’m planning on trying a 10mm longer - 50mm stem.

It’s not terrible, but I find the difference a bit “confusing”. Doesn’t seem too “natural”.

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Added reply in a thread Brake bleed isn’t working 4/24/2020 5:34 PM

It should work no problems. If you did use DOT fluid, which damaged the seals in the lever (Master Cylinder), then the seals in the calliper might be affected. I have more experience with motorcycles. The size of the piston affects the “feel”. If the ... more »

Added reply in a thread 35mm Carbon Bar Flex 4/19/2020 4:08 PM

Ha! Classic - Bars “I’m just telling you - these forks are HARSH!” Also, don’t want to “disguise” an issue elsewhere. My old wrists should be happier with plusher forks, and some assistance from the bars when they arrive.

Added reply in a thread 35mm Carbon Bar Flex 4/19/2020 3:34 PM

While waiting on my One Up bars to arrive, I had my forks “serviced”. The local experts, NSD Dynamics (Brisbane, Australia) offer a “Hyperformance” service. Low friction seals, “better oil”, and bushes “resized”, etc. A significant improvement. The bike ... more »